Alaska voter registration deadline fast approaching amid efforts to simplify process
Time is running out to register to vote in the November general election.
In Alaska, voters must be registered 30 days before Election Day. The deadline is Sunday, Oct. 9.
Ballots in November will include a measure that, if approved, would make it so Alaskans would be registered to vote when they apply for their Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.
“If all of us are going to take the time to fill out a PFD application every year and that application includes the exact same information that we need to be registered to vote, it just makes sense to kill two birds with one stone and synchronize those forms,” said campaign manager John Henry Heckendorn.
Heckendorn says the 30-day registration deadline is a problem. Some people only get interested in voting in the days right before the election. But if they haven’t registered, they can’t cast a ballot.
“In Alaska right now, if you decide that you want to participate in an election within 30 days, it’s too late. You’ve missed your chance to vote in that election,” said Heckendorn. “In a world of PFD automatic voter registration — Ballot Measure 1 — that problem goes away. People will be registered as a result of their PFD application.”
The general election is Nov. 8.
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